(1871 - 1929) The Age of Progress covers the latter decades of the 19th century and the early years of the 20th. Building on the advances of the industrial revolution, this post-revolutionary period is similarly defined by remarkable technological and industrial innovation. An era of firsts - steel bridges, sewing machines, bicycles, typewriters, radios, automobiles, airplanes, electric light bulbs, the telephone, photography, and the first motion picture - the Age of Progress gave birth to unprecedented modes of productivity, transportation, and communication. Special emphasis is given to the sociology of industrial advancement - most notably the development of leisure. Challenging map exercises and provocative review questions encourage meaningful reflection and historical analysis.
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